The Complete Country Dance Tunes (Playford's Dancing Master)

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Publisher: Faber Music
Format: Sheet Music | Songbook

Playford's The Dancing Master is the classic compendium of English country dance tunes. First published in 1651 it went through eighteen editions in almost 80 years. In its day it was the most popular collection of its kind and engendered numerous imitations. The tunes selected by Playford and his successors were taken from many sources and demonstrate the extraordinary richness and vitality of popular melody in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. This book brings together, for the first time under one cover, 535 tunes and their variants from the eighteen original editions. It provides a fund of musical material for performers, whether folk musicians or baroque instrumentalists, and for class and instrumental music teachers. It is also an invaluable reference book for anyone interested in the history of English music.

ISBN: 9780571507238
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 03 December 1985
No of pages: 136
Language: English
Catalogue No: 0571507239

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          Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
          9 out of 10


          Contains all the tunes!
          Be aware that there is no chording.
          Confirmed purchase: 04 June 2015
          Published on: 18 June 2015
          10 out of 10


          Leighton Buzzard GB keen amateur
          Discovering all the familiar tunes we have grown up with, plus finding many more. Excellent historical information.
          Confirmed purchase: 01 August 2014
          Published on: 15 August 2014
          7 out of 10


          Cheshire GB I am a fiddler.
          Has many tunes.
          Some tunes are plain boring. It is more a reference book than a playlist.
          Confirmed purchase: 07 April 2014
          Published on: 21 June 2014

          Musicroom Reviews

          The book has 535 tunes from the seventeenth century and is a great library to draw on. The publication is well known but not easy to come by. For period musicians I would recommend it.
          Anonymous - ()
          I recommend this book to traditional musicians everywhere. I bought it mostly for interest's sake, since I am not a trained musiacian, and play by ear. It has a wealth of background information, for those interested in such, including a history of the publications and dates for the tunes. It is ideal as both a work of reference, and as a record of all the tunes Playford published. I do not read music very well, so from a layman's point of view, I cannot fault it, and take it on trust that there are no errors in the musical notation. It is A4, the right size for the music stand too. Perfect in every way. Peter Leonard
          Anonymous - (York, United Kingdom)
          An excellent and well-respected publication, delivered promptly, and in pristine condition.
          Anonymous - ()
          The Complete Country Dance Tunes, Playford, is a book of 535 short pieces with useful explanatory notes at the beginning of the book. Musicroom offers a first class service and the book arrived the day after I ordered it.
          Anonymous - (Gosport, United Kingdom)

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